(September 20, 2008) EMORY, VA – Hampden-Sydney did a phenomenal job of sharing the ball today as they gained their first conference win at Emory and Henry College. The Tigers not only played well on offense, but the defense looked strong and outstanding. The Tiger defense limited the Wasps to six shots on the day, as they did not give up any shots in the first 20 minutes of the game. Emory and Henry looked like they were going to create early opportunities, but the aggressive Tiger defense pounced on any opposing player and did not allow the ball to get within 30 yards of the goal.
The offensive onslaught started in the sixth minute of play as senior Jason Powell (Marietta, GA/Pope) began firing at will putting pressure on Emory and Henry keeper Daniel Mills. The score, however, remained even until senior Jason Butler (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) started the play that would break the game open.
In the 32nd minute, Butler whipped the ball in the midfield to sophomore Matt Hampton (Virginia Beach, VA/Kellam); Hampton then quickly spun and laid a beautiful pass that split two defenders and found an open Bryan Wharton (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) who was able to finish and give the Tigers the lead at 1-0.
Just six minutes later, Emory and Henry came back to try and even the game as Jarrett Culbreth ripped a shot, but luckily for the Tigers sophomore Matt Swaney (Potomac Falls, VA/Potomac Falls) was there to smother the shot and give the Wasps no room to sting. That tough defense allowed the ball to be pushed up the field and gave Powell room to create. Powell tried to shoot, but the ball was deflected. Instead of giving up on the play, Powell stayed with it, got the ball back, and found Bryan Hughes (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) who found the net for the second time this season.
When things could not go the Tigers way any more, they were the benefactors of an Emory and Henry own-goal with 90 seconds to go in the half.
Coming out of halftime, Hampden-Sydney would pick up right where it left off. Just ten minutes into the half Powell would get his second assist when he split the defense and hit JoJo Howard (Lanexa, VA/New Kent) on the run; Howard gave a shot fake which the keeper bit on and dove, giving Howard the opportunity to simply dribble around and get the easy goal.
Once Powell got his second assist, fellow senior Butler decided to match him with his second assist of the game as he crossed the ball past the goal to give junior Will Robertson (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Catholic) his sixth goal of the season.
The Tigers also got great play from junior David Burley (Mount Pleasant, SC/Wando) and sophomore Andrew Berg (Aberdeen, Scotland/International School of Aberdeen). Burley started his hot streak assisting on Berg's blast on the net. He then decided to get in the scoring action as freshman Gregorio Pacheco (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) quickly hit senior James Bishop (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Latin), and Bishop moved it right to Burley who flicked it over Mills for the one-two-three combo and the seventh goal of the game.
The Tigers look to finish their road stint strong as the return to action on Tuesday at 4:30 pm as they take on Greensboro College.